Title Méthode de Harpe pour apprendre, seul et en peu de temps à jouer de cet instrument [etc.]
Author Corbelin, François Vincent
Place Paris
Publisher l'Auteur, Cabinet littéraire-Versailles, Blaisot
Year 1779
Physical Description 84 p.
Language French
Type of Harp Simple Action Pedal Harp
Target Audience Adults
Speed of Progression Fast
Structure of Method Chapters on the fundamental techniques of the harp
Type of Illustrations Others
Style of Music Classical
Musical Structure Exerices; Pieces
Elements of harmonical Theory No
Introduction 1
Position of the Harp  
Elements of Musical Theory 2
Beginning with 1 finger  
Beginning with 2 fingers  
Beginning with 3 fingers  
Beginning with 4 fingers  
Intervals 5
Chords, 3 fingers 4
Chords, 4 fingers 3
Pedals / Levers 6
Trills, Tremolos, Bisbigliandi, Ornaments 7
Muffled Sounds  
According to the author " " applanir the difficulties which seems to be attached to the study the harp. ". And try to destroy the prejudice which is the one " to believe the harp is very difficult to learn "
1st part
introduction: justifications of the chronology and recommendations
description of the instrument
musical theory: name of notes, tonality, chords with the different position
position of the body with the harp
4 fingers on the harp in chord position and then all different position : learning the technics of the instrument connected to the needs for the language / symbol and indicating figure for different position of the chords.
boards of all the variants in the use of the chords.
prelude: 4 measures of chords then variations
pedals: learning major and minor tonalities and modulations
directly learning songs. On the page opposite are resumed the various difficulties of each piece with explanations how to realize them.
2nd part
code by letters which corresponds to different succession of notes : but it is necessary to learn this code and it is complicated!
learning of the ornaments
pieces with explanations close by
Notation of fingering and chords position is complex. Code by letters which corresponds to different succession of notes : it is necessary to learn this code
Principle " always choose the fingering which makes, for your hand, the least big movement"